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This mocktail is the ultimate bedtime drink! This Bedtime Beetroot Mocktail is full of functional, sleepy ingredients! You’re going to be obsessed!
Featuring: beet juice, chamomile tea, honey, lemon juice, and sparkling water. This mocktail is awesome and I bet you have most of the ingredients you need on hand! If you don’t, we’ll discuss some swaps further down the post.
Just a month ago I posted this Relaxing Tart Cherry Juice Mocktail and it completely blew up. When I say it blew up, I mean, my little blog went from 3 figure visits a day to 4! Which, I’m extremely excited about!
I love sharing Mocktail recipes with you all. After I quit drinking, I’ve loved creating new things to sip on that are just as exciting as a cocktail. Actually, I think these non-alcoholic cocktails are *way more* exciting.
Since you all seem to be loving the mocktails and especially those with some functional benefits, I thought I’d post another!
This one features chamomile tea and beetroot juice. It’s fantastic, so delicious, and it makes the perfect non-alcoholic nightcap! That’s what it’s called the Bedtime Beetroot Mocktail!
Is it beet juice or beetroot juice?
It’s both! The terms “beet juice” and “beetroot juice” are referencing the same thing. Because beets are a root vegetable, you can call them beets, or beetroots, and you’re correct either way.
Ingredients + substitutions
You'll just need a handful of ingredients and none of them are difficult to find at any grocery store.
- Beet juice - you *can* juice it yourself or you can just buy it at the store. Which is exactly what I did. Just get a quality juice for this recipe.
- Chamomile tea - simply brew your own by pouring hot water over a tea bag. I like to use a Pyrex measuring cup (so that I can measure properly). To make this mocktail sleepier, or a little stronger, swap the chamomile tea for valerian root tea.
- Honey - just a little for sweetness. You don’t have to use it at all if you don’t want to.
- Lemon juice - for a touch of acidity. And I think the lemon juice tastes really nice with the beet juice and chamomile tea combo. Lime or grapefruit juice is also a great swap!
- Sparkling water - for bubbles! The Bubbles add a little fun and interest to this drink. If you like things really sweet you can use Sprite. If you don’t like bubbles at all you can simply leave it out.
What does this bedtime beet mocktail taste like?
It tastes like beets - and the flavor of beet juice can be controversial and subjective. I personally love it, if you love it, you’re going to love the flavor of this mocktail.
Beets are slightly earthy and bitter, but they’re also a little sweet! If you make this mocktail and end up think it tastes just a little too…beet-y, then you can balance out that flavor with a splash of citrus juice such as orange or add the rest of the lemon juice (from the other half of the lemon). See the variations below for more on that!
Step-by-step (with photos)
Pour ¼ cup of boiling water over a chamomile tea bag in a pyrex measuring cup. Stir in the honey. Set it aside to steep and cool off for 3-5 minutes.
Then fill a tall glass with ice and pour the tea over the ice. Pour the chamomile tea over the ice.
Add the beet and lemon juice.
Top with a splash or two of sparkling water.
That's it! It's super easy to make!
- Tart cherry and beetroot chamomile mocktail - instead of adding ½ cup of beet juice, add ¼ cup of beet juice and ¼ cup of tart cherry juice. Keep everything else the same!
- Beetroot and hibiscus mocktail - swap the chamomile tea for hibiscus tea. This is a fabulous combination, it’s delicious!
- Beetroot and elderberry mocktail - add 1 tbsp of elderberry syrup instead of honey to your tea.
- Beetroot and ginger mocktail - add ½ tsp of freshly grated ginger to the mocktail, and stir it in. The kick of ginger goes so well with beet juice! This is a great variation (and one of my favorites, actually!).
- Beetroot and tonic mocktail - instead of sparkling water, use tonic water.
Luckily this drink doesn’t require special equipment. It’s super low key to make, because at bedtime you don’t need to create a mess with a ton of dishes.
All you need is:
- A pyrex measuring cup (to brew your tea)
- A spoon
- A glass (to fill with ice and drink from)
If you want to get fancy with a cocktail shaker and shake everything over ice, then that works, too!
- Make it stronger (sleepier) - use valerian tea instead of chamomile. Valerian tea makes me way sleepier than chamomile!
- Make it taste more like a cocktail - add a little grated ginger or a few dashes of bitters and it’ll taste a lot more like a cocktail.
More mocktails to try!
If you love functional mocktails, try some of these! My personal favorites are the first two, that contain Tart Cherries!
Bedtime Beet Mocktail
- ¼ cup chamomile tea
- 1 tsp honey
- ½ cup beet juice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Sparkling water
- Pour ¼ cup of boiling water over a chamomile tea bag in a pyrex measuring cup. Stir in the honey. Set it aside to steep and cool off for 3-5 minutes.
- Then fill a tall glass with ice and pour the tea over the ice. Pour the chamomile tea over the ice.
- Add the beet juice, lemon juice, and top with a splash or two of sparkling water.